Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Baby Polar Bear

Fox News has a cute story about a baby polar bear cub that was rescued by the zoo and raised. An animal rights activist is up in arms about the bear because he say it should be killed because the mother rejected the young bear. Yes, that's right, the bear should be killed. Of course this prompted a negative reaction from other animal rights activists and people who just generally think the bear is cute. Now myself, I really don't care one way or the other. The bear is cute, but it's an animal. One interesting quote caught my attention though.

He explained that though he thought it was wrong of the zoo to have saved the cub's life, now that the bear can live on his own, it would be equally wrong to kill him.

"If a polar bear mother rejected the baby, then I believe the zoo must follow the instincts of nature," Albrecht said. "In the wild, it would have been left to die."

What's interesting about this comment is that it shows a morality that's based on the idea that "what is, is right." Nature is exalted to a moral law giving status. I guess when you reject Christianity, this is what you're left with. What is, must be what's right. Of course everything in your being is going to cry out against this. I don't think anyone is able to totally erase the image of God in themselves--although many try.

Christianity just makes more sense out of reality than anything else. As a Christian I can firmly say that when Adam's sin brought the curse upon the whole world, there are now things wrong with the world. Christians aren't enslaved to this idea that somehow nature must always be right; we can in good conscience use modern medicine to help save prematurely born babies. We can also in good conscience do lesser things like hand feed a baby polar bear that its mother rejected.


At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to see you back from your blog vacation!


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